Valentine Heart Necklaces.

We have been having fun before Valentine’s Day.

Because Sophia is 3 years old now, she understands more, so I can explain her the traditions and the history of Valentine’s Day. I am not sure if she gets all of it, but some of the stuff she really recognizes: hearts, chocolate candies, flowers, hugs and kisses:)

One of our project last week was making Valentine Heart Necklaces, which took us a few days, but it was really fun and I would love to share it with you.

Salt Dough Valentine Heart Necklaces.

Salt Dough Recipe:
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
1 cup water
Bake for 1-2 hours at 200 degrees until dried out.
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We cut them out using heart cookie cutters and added a hole before baking.
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After baking,we painted the hearts using acrylic paint.
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When the paint had dried, we cover them with acrylic sealer. Finally, we added 25″ long skinny ribbon and made lots of bright pretty necklaces.
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Kids Felt Board.

I have been working on this project for the last couple of weeks.

First I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided to make it for Sophia. Her imagination is developing now and Felt Board is the perfect thing to help to develop kids’ imagination.

You don’t need a lot of tools to make the felt board. Just get some canvas( I got mine at Michaels’ and their canvases are 60% off), staple gun different colors of felt, felt glue and you are ready to go.

I picked Sophia’s favorite things for ideas: castle, school bus, kids, pond with the ducks, house, Cinderella carriage etc.

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If you want to make any animals, just find the prints of animals on line, and print them out,trace on the felt, cut them out, and you have felt animals.

Here are some prints that I used:

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You can do the same with people and other things.

There are so many ways to use the Felt Board with your kids:

1. Teach your kids colors( make flowers or cars of different colors)

2. Teach your kids count( make sheep, fish to count)

3. Teach your kids alphabet and numbers ( make alphabet letters and numbers)

4. Teach the seasons and time.

5. Learn the rhymes.

6. Teach to make up the stories.

You can make different packages of felt board games and use every single one the other day.

I also used some of these ideas for our board.

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I kept it as a secret for Sophia and when she saw it for the first time she was in shock:) She didn’t expect to see all her favorite things on one board.

She is getting an idea of having it in her room now, and learning how to play with it.

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Felt Food Fun

Every day I enjoy the presence of my daughter in my life. I am so happy to be a mom to this precious girl, and I try to be a fun, clever and good mom for her.

Last week I found the new project to make Sophia’s cooking games more fun-felt food making.

I like this project, because you can make it by yourself.

It’s easy to be creative with felt food stuff and most of the time you use natural materials for it.

I made a trip to Michael’s and got everything we needed.

1. Different colors of felt.( I got the eco-fi felt, made with a high polyester fiber made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles). Sounds great to me.

Cost: 0.33 cents for a sheet.

2. Non toxic felt glue. Cost: 4.95$

3. Poly-fil. 100% polyster fiber fill. Cost: 5.00$

4. Different colors glass/seed beads. Cost: 2.99$

5. Needles and thread.( I had these, so I didn’t need to buy them).

Don’t forget to use Michael’s weekly coupons. They always have some deals.

The next step was to decide what to make. We have some felt food from IKEA, but Sophia already got bored of it.

I searched some blogs and Pinterest and found some ideas and tutorials.

Here are some links to it:

1. Felt cupcake. It was easy to make. I made it first and it turned out very cute. My parents were watching us on Skype and could not believe the cupcake is not real. It means I did a good job.

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I also made some strawberries with it. They work great when we play “Strawberries picking game”.

2. Felt banana. It’s not a tutorial, just a review of the book with the pictures of it. I made this banana from the pictures. It is very easy.

3.Macaroons. These are my favorite pieces of felt food. I love real macaroons, and enjoyed making them. You can pick any colors for them, and make your own flavors( pistachio, blueberries, grape)

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4. Christmas cookies. I did not really follow the tutorial, because they’re easy to make. The cookies look very real.

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I am planning to make more food: pizza, fruits, desserts for our dolls’ tea parties.

Here are some more tutorial for making your own felt food:

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Pizza
Raspberry
The work might take you a few nights. This is the only time when I can do it.

These toys are easy to wash, they are safe to use and your child will enjoy playing with them for years to come.